Social Interactions within a Web 2.0 Learning Environment: The Impact on Learner Social Presence
Debbie Steinman, Northern Arizona University, Yavapai College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Social presence is defined as the extent students in online classes perceive other students in the class as real persons. This paper is in preparation for a study examining social interaction within a Web 2.0 online learning environment and the impact on learner social presence. Social presence is essential to facilitate group cooperation and plays a central role in establishing learners’ sense of belonging and social cohesion to the group. Web 2.0 allows for the creation of participatory web pages where students easily add to and edit content on the web. Instructors, using Web 2.0, such as wikis, blogs, Twitter, and other social networking software, are provided with new ways to create engaging and interactive online classrooms to promote social presence. These Web 2.0 applications are used to facilitate interactions between the students, instructor and content. A background to the study in the form of a brief literature review is presented.
Steinman, D. (2010). Social Interactions within a Web 2.0 Learning Environment: The Impact on Learner Social Presence. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 905-908). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).